Seasoned racer Sandeep Kumar all praise for Hyderabad Street Circuit after FIA-accredited venue hosts JKNRC 2022 Round 3
Sandeep, racing for the Dark Don team at the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship, was among the first to get a taste of what the Hyderabad Street Circuit, which will host India's first-ever Formula E event, has to offer.
The Indian racer had to start from the 10th spot even though he had qualified seventh due to a penalty incurred in the previous race.
`Kimi Raikkonen was persuaded to get back behind the wheel by TrackHouse Racing and its ambitious, purpose-driven Project91 program.
The current world champion clocked a best lap time of one minute and 14.127 seconds in the second session, having been quickest in the opening period earlier, to beat Ferrari's Charles Leclerc by 0.081 seconds.
Verstappen extended his Formula One championship lead by winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday after Leclerc retired from the lead with an engine failure.
The Formula E race should provide a big boost to Indian motorsports which has been in dire need of a high-profile event since Formula 1 was scrapped after three seasons.
Formula 1 2022: McLaren's Norris tops scrappy third and final practice ahead of Sunday's Australian GP
In a session in which Sebastian Vettel slammed into a wall, Britain's Lando Norris posted a blistering one minute 19.117 seconds around Melbourne's Albert Park, 0.132 ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.
Formula 1 2022: ‘Got several piercings that I really can’t take out’, Hamilton reacts to no-jewellery rule
The ruling was included in the event notes for this week's Australian Grand Prix issued by new FIA race director Niels Wittich. It is not a new regulation, but reportedly follows some drivers being spotted wearing jewellery while in their cars.
Hamilton was recognised in the New Year Honours list for services to motor sport, and was knighted by the Prince of Wales at the Windsor Castle
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Verstappen deserves maiden title but FIA’s inconsistencies dampen celebrations
Apart from being entertaining, the race in Abu Dhabi was mired in controversy, with the FIA’s interference in the race leaving a bad taste in one’s mouth
The Red Bull driver beat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling title showdown at the Yas Marina circuit to become the first Dutch racer to win the Formula One championship.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole as epic title battle gears up for thrilling showdown
Verstappen goes into the season-closing race level on points with Hamilton, who took second in qualifying to join the Red Bull driver on the front row.
Formula 2: Jehan Daruvala wins second race of the season in Abu Dhabi; Oscar Piastri crowned F2 champion
Felipe Drugovich put Daruvala under tremendous pressure for the major part of the 23-lap race, but the Indian pulled away towards the end to cross the chequered flag two seconds ahead of Brazil's Drugovich.
Hamilton, eyeing an unprecedented eighth world title, trails Verstappen by eight points with just two races left — on the streets of Jeddah on Sunday and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend.
Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton disqualified from qualifying; Max Verstappen fined for touching rival car
Verstappen was fined 50,000 euros by stewards after video taken from the grandstands at Interlagos showed him touching the rear wing of rival Hamilton's car.
Verstappen leads Hamilton by 19 points heading into Sunday's Brazil Grand Prix and the Dutchman looks increasingly capable of denying the Briton the title for the first time since 2016.
Red Bull's Sergio Perez, racing in front of his home fans at the spectacular Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, was fourth at 0.570sec behind his teammate.
Rossi announced in August that he would retire after the season-ending race at Valencia on 14 November.
With six of the 21 rounds to race, Max Verstappen of Red Bull has retaken the lead in the drivers' championship by six points over reigning champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.